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So I am new to sailing my wife and I did some sailing on a 16 foot hobi cat and fell in love when we got home we began to look for them for sale but found them to be out of our price range what is the next best thing
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So I am new to sailing my wife and I did some sailing on a 16 foot hobi cat and fell in love when we got home we began to look for them for sale but found them to be out of our price range what is the next best thing
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Hi Ben. Welcome to Sailnet. A little more info, please. Are you sticking with cats? Where do you sail (lake, bay, etc)?

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Yes and mainly inland lakes
Sorry I'm getting use to this site so if this is sent twice I apologies
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You might try doing a search for sailing clubs on the lakes. Sometimes the clubs sell off part of their fleet for whatever reason or members have personal boats they are trying to sell. It might be worth it to just email a bunch of clubs and ask if anyone has any used cats in that size range for sale.

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Re: new to sailing

You can get a decent used Hobie 16 for $1,200-$1,500. If this is not within your budget, then sailing/boating may not be for you.

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I bought a Supernova trimaran which was 12 ft by 10 ft or about 4 m x 3m. It was so light that I could push it around on a trolley by myself. It was fast and tended to cut through waves. Very stable. As I shared it with a friend of the same weight and there are two trampetes we could sail it lying down most of the time. Down side - no spinnaker or trapezes and needed a buoy on the mast to right. Also only six made. We bought ours as a demo model and it cost around Ł2,000 and sold it for Ł1,000. We sailed in Portland Harbour and Weymouth Bay where the Olympics are happening now. Other downside expensive to keep in sailing park as 3 hulls and no-one would race us!
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You can get a used sailable Hobie or hobie type Cat for $500-$600 easily...

I looked around and found a 15' Venture Cat for $300 with trailer...

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Hey Ben, welcom to the site. I to am new to the site. Well kinda. Its not as far out of your range as you may think. Take a look at my writings on this site and I will show you how to get a almost free boat. If you are willing to go thru the trouble. It will have to be a burning desire in your gut. But it can be done.
How I got a free boat..

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I learned to sail well on a hobie 16 at the Jersey shore for many yaers. I was beached in front of the house and I could grab the beach wheels take her to the surf lkine and get the sails up in 20 minutes...ahh the simpliar left.

Hobies are great for learning the interaction of main and jib as well as speed. Learn how to right her properly with the righting strap before going out as ineviably you will get to go over....many times...

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